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This link recently saved by clintjcl on March 16, 2011
I can understand where this is coming from -- if you are on public assistance the public has the right to ensure that your money is actually spent on assistance. But saying that you can't carry cash is bullshit. What if you find a $50 on the ground? You can't pick it up? Ridiculous.
This link recently saved by clintjcl on February 09, 2010
I don't know how they manage to pass unconstitutional legislation. As sensible as this may be to some people, government benefit dependent on giving up your 4th amendment rights is completely unconstitutional.
And yes, having a piss test is a violation of your 4th amendment rights. If it wasn't, a cop could come up to you and demand your urine at any time.
[Also kind of seems like a violation of the 5th amendment - being compelled to testify against yourself by submitting your own urine / internal evidence, which to me is as sovereign to my body as my thoughts.]
This link recently saved by clintjcl on October 08, 2009
What? [sarcasm] I thought these corporations increased the value of all of our lives by bringing us cheaper products and giving us lots of jobs? [/sarcasm] Oh wait.
The products aren't actually as cheap as they look. We pay for cheap McDouble's and Wal-Mart items by taxes as well. Even if you don't go to McDonald's or Wal-Mart, you're helping pay for their cheap prices by the fact that your tax dollars go to put their employees on Welfare or Medicaid. THAT'S SOCIALISM!!! RUN!!!!!
Face it. Your tax dollars are already "stolen" to pay for people's health care. 16% of our GDP goes to "socialized" health care (which is still run through plenty of private industry practitioners).
If you wanted to run a mom-and-pop shop, and actually give your employees proper health coverage -- you wouldn't be able to compete with Wal-Mart, because they let the taxpayer cover that instead. This is part of why Japan beat our auto industry -- health care is cheaper when spread around equally to all.
This link recently saved by clintjcl on June 12, 2009
"The Constitution rightly requires that such invasive searches be based on reasonable suspicion," said Adam Wolf, an attorney with the ACLU. "Public servants, like all of us, cannot be made to prove their innocence when there is no evidence that they have done anything wrong."
And how. It's nice that some people remember they still have rights, and fight for them, rather than submitting like docile sheep.
This link recently saved by clintjcl on November 27, 2007
I like their parallels to drug testing, as well as their quoting of 1700s English jurist William Blackstone.
"(once again) the erosion of civil liberties starts at the bottom of the economic ladder"